<p class="MsoNormal">A waiter is kept busy serving just some of the many tourists who flock to Ischia for its beaches, robust Southern Italian cuisine, and year-round thermal spas. The tourist boom, author Lorenzo Carcaterra writes, only started in the 1960s, after Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton conducted a scandalous, paparazzi-hounded affair while on the island filming <i>Cleopatra.</i><br> </p> <p class="MsoNormal">Read "Island of Memories" in the September 2010 issue of <i>National Geographic Traveler.</i></p>

Seaside Waiter

A waiter is kept busy serving just some of the many tourists who flock to Ischia for its beaches, robust Southern Italian cuisine, and year-round thermal spas. The tourist boom, author Lorenzo Carcaterra writes, only started in the 1960s, after Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton conducted a scandalous, paparazzi-hounded affair while on the island filming Cleopatra.

Read "Island of Memories" in the September 2010 issue of National Geographic Traveler.

Photograph by Massimo Bassano

Ischia

This resort island off the southwest coast of Italy offers a scenic Mediterranean getaway.

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